How do you add new widgets?!

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  • #431843

    onlinejesus
    Member

    Hey

    How do you guys add new widgets, besides the ones you get as “available”?
    I have a blog on wordpress.com and I’d like to add some widgets, but the only way I read it to be done is to upload via FTP the files you need, but that doesn’t work (or I don’t know how) on wordpress.com. So, is there a way to add widget to the ‘available list’.

    Thanks a lot,
    JC

    The blog I need help with is onlinejesus.wordpress.com.

    #431952

    timethief
    Member

    There is no FTP access to wordpress.COM blog. There are also restrictions with regard to widgets with flash, code and javascript and embeds. http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/
    Here us the support documentation link for adding allowed widgets http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/using-widgets/

    #431953

    timethief
    Member

    Please also read these two entries so you are clear about the differences between free hosted wordpress.COM blogs like the one you have linked to your username, and free wordpress.ORG software installs which can be self hosted.
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/please-read-me-first-before-posting?replies=1
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    #431999

    onlinejesus
    Member

    I know there’s a difference between a free blog on wordpress.com and a blog site based on the wordpress technology, because I have one of each. But, my question was, what’s the solution.

    Are you telling me there’s no way to add widgets that are not on that list to a free blog hosted on wordpress.com?

    #432000

    husdal
    Member

    Widgets using clean HTML, no Javascript, no Flash, no iFrame etc. can be added using a text widget. That said, there aren’t many such widgets.

    #432064

    timethief
    Member

    @onlinejesus

    Are you telling me there’s no way to add widgets that are not on that list to a free blog hosted on wordpress.com?

    Husdal and I have given you the correct answer and the relevant link is the first one I posted above. http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/

    The only widgets we can use are those that are straight up HTML. If you can find others that do not contain embeds, Iframes, javascript or flash you can use them. However, if you were specific about exactly which widgets you want and what you want to accomplish we may be able to come up with a workaround.

    #432065

    timethief
    Member

    Also note that if you do know of widgets that do not create security issues (no flash, no embeds, no javascript – clean HTML only) you can suggest them to Staff here https://en.forums.wordpress.com/forum/widgets

    #432196

    mamez
    Member

    I have read the discussion above, the links mentioned and

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/posting-source-code/

    I don’t quite understand whether following the above instructions flash can be embedded after all. What I have been trying to embed is a presentation from http://prezi.com/

    Thanks.

    #432198

    timethief
    Member

    When you embed it does the code get stripped out?

    #432199

    mamez
    Member

    That’s right. I’m trying to embed it in a post.

    #432200

    raincoaster
    Member

    No; it means that flash cannot be embedded in our blogs at all. What you CAN do is post it to a supported platform, like YouTube or Slideshare etc, and then use the shortcodes to embed it here at WP.com. It’s also possible you could do it using the Vodpod button, which is available at http://vodpod.com and works very well to embed videos in our blog.

    But if those don’t work, then you’re out of luck. Because of the security concerns of shared-backbone blogs, WP.com is not a suitable host for sites that want to use a lot of flash. On independently hosted WOrdpress blogs, this is not a problem.

    #432201

    mamez
    Member

    Thank you very much, raincoaster and timethief. I had understood that originally but the “posting source” part set me wondering.

    #432202

    timethief
    Member

    Happy blogging :)

    #432203

    xuyongjun
    Member

    Enjoy blogging:>

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